Nearly $500,000 found during traffic stop
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Agents with the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force last week seized almost a half million dollars in cash hidden in a vehicle traveling south on Highway 59.
On Monday, November 5, agents with the task force seized $481,331.51 as they were conducting a 'highway interdiction.'
An officer observed a tractor-trailer traveling southbound on US 59 near FM 2218 in Rosenberg and conducted a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Marcos Camacho, 48, of Humble. The passenger was identified as Daniel Guzman, 32, a Mexican citizen.
While speaking with Camacho, the detective became suspicious, and using his K-9 officer, Detective Hricko conducted a detailed search of the vehicle, resulting in the discovery of the concealed currency.
Camacho and Guzman were arrested and charged with money laundering greater than $200,000. Both suspects remain in the Fort Bend County Jail under $750,000 bonds. The charge is a first-degree felony with a punishment range of 5 to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
The vehicle and the US currency were impounded by Task Force Agents and a Chapter 59 Seizure Affidavit was filed with the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office.
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